PES, which stands for Pro Evolution Soccer, is a realistic football game that focuses on being as accurate a simulation as possible. The game features a new system called Control Reality, which allows the user to control a football player whether they have the ball or not.
This 2017 version of the game features improved ball physics and a more physical game. While it is generally considered to be less visually appealing than its main rival, FIFA, it is considerably better than other options in the genre, including earlier versions of FIFA.
Realistic football simulation
The main strength of PES 2017 is that it is a football simulator, rather than a pure game, which may sacrifice realism for more casual controls. The aim of the developers is to deliver the most realistic football experience possible. This can make the game difficult for beginners, especially if they are not used to the control system.
The AI of the computer-controlled footballers is adaptive, enabling it to learn the user’s style of play and make any necessary changes as a result. Goalkeeper behaviour is also significantly improved, making scoring harder. This iteration of the game also introduces more “dirty” tactics, such as shirt pulling and tripping, adding another element of realism to the game.
Ideal for purist football fans
While PES 2017 may excel at its intended goal of being a realistic football simulator, it is not the most inviting football game for people who are new to the genre. There are more tricks and moves to learn that give a greater degree of control with the ball, but they are not easy.
The graphics are perhaps not quite as high-fidelity as its main rival, but this is only evident during close-ups and replays and does not affect the bulk of the gameplay. There are also several game modes to choose from, adding a further element of replayability. These include online play, where the user can compete against other gamers online.